London: Want to keep osteoporosis at bay? Drink two glasses of tomato juice daily, for a new study says that the fruit strengthens bones.
Researchers at University of Toronto in Canada, who carried out the study, claimed that drinking two glasses a day of tomato juice containing 15mg of lycopene could be enough to strengthen brittle bones.
According to them, the key ingredient is lycopene, the antioxidant already credited with cutting risk of prostate cancer in men and protecting against heart disease, the `Daily
In fact, for their study, the researchers asked 60 post-menopausal women, aged 50 to 60, to cut out all tomato products from their diet for a month. This led to significant
increase in blood levels of N-telopeptide, a chemical released into the bloodstream when bone is being broken down.
Then, for four months, the women were given a daily dose of standard tomato juice containing 15mg of lycopene, an enriched version with 35mg of lycopene, lycopene capsules or dummy capsules.
This led to a significant drop in levels of N-telopeptide in women drinking either type of juice or taking the capsules. But there was no benefit in women taking the dummy capsules.
The findings have been published in the latest edition of the `Osteoporosis International` journal.